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Baudelaire IO - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 42
Gots: 80 | FT: 10
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NoLiberty on 10-27-2009)
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Photo of scruffwhor


4/5  rDev -2%

Very nice off-white head atop a rose, cloudy ochre color. Good lacing and bubbling.

The aroma is full of roses, flowers, and earth. Lets not forget a lovley carbonated seltzer splash in the nostril-feel aspect of the sniff.

The taste is full of roses, flowers, lightly toasted malt, green apples, and a little honey sweetness. Very nice, complex saison. Bubbly palate with a dry snap at the end. High marks indeed.

06-24-2011 03:50:06 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a golden ruby color, a bit murky, with a huge off-white head that settles into a puffy cap leaving a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of tart green apple skins and oak. A bit of farmhouse but nothing too strong. Some light floral notes from the rose and hibiscus but it is quite subtle.

The taste is not nearly as tart as the aroma. The flavor starts off with the rose and hibiscus, which provides a light sweet character. There is a sharp tartness that follows but it doesn't linger. Some lemon rind and green apple that goes well with a peppery hop.

Light feel with airy carbonation. Dry on the finish, and finishes clean. Quite a refreshing brew. Nothing overpowering, good balance.

An interesting saison. The flower presence isn't strong but it balances the tartness of the brew. Drinks very well.

06-24-2011 02:15:25 | More by Gmann
Photo of Ghenna


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

ruddy copper color, 1 solid finger of off white head.

Smells pretty sour for a saison, plenty of brett in the aroma, as well as a little caramel. Almost floral-ish too.

Taste is not at all what I expected. Lots of rose. Despite the aroma of sour, pretty much non existant in terms of flavor. MF is best described as leaving a coat on your tongue,

This is definitely an odd beer. Not at all when I was expecting to get in to from the aroma. Interesting to see how hibiscus and rose taste in beer, but not one I would buy on a regular basis. Definitely worth trying though.

06-23-2011 03:14:53 | More by Ghenna
Photo of billshmeinke


4/5  rDev -2%

Purchased at Whole Foods poured into a tulip.

Pours a red/amber hue with a billowing white head of three or four fingers that has a pinkish hue. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of funk, dry yeast, floral, herbal, and the signature Jolly Pumpkin saison yeast fragrance.

Taste follows smell. Floral, funky, yeast, bretty, dry, rustic, herbal. Quite the layered saison.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied, well carbonated. A good beer.

06-21-2011 18:05:02 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of bluejacket74


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

750 ml bottle, Blend 7/8, Bottled 2-4-2011. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours an amber/red/pink color (looks different depending on how I hold the glass up to the light) with an inch and a half off-white/light pink head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is floral, tart and also a bit sweet. The brew smells like flowers (I assume that's the roses and hibiscus), peppery spice, oak, tart apples and herbs. It tastes like herbs/flowers, peppery spice, lemon peel, white grapes, berries and some tart apples and funk that gets a bit stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this brew easy to drink. I think it's a good solid beer, I enjoyed it.

06-10-2011 21:59:28 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of yusef

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

750ml bottle poured into a Tulip glass

A: Pours a dark pink ruby color with a nice sized white head. Nice lacing and head retention. Good amount of carbonation.

S: I get big floral notes. The rose hips, pedals, and hibiscus used during brewing are all present. Also a little bit of fruit and earthy saison yeast.

T: Everything from the aroma is there in the taste with a touch of sour funk. Also lightly tart and a tad drying

M: Light to medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Perfect for a hot day.

O: Overall I enjoyed this. The flowers added a nice unique character to the beer. Not an everyday saison but definately worth seeking out to try.

06-09-2011 20:02:41 | More by yusef
Photo of

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance - This beer looks beautiful in the galss. It's deep amber-pink with a rich, rocky white head. Retention is good and it leaves nice lacing.

Smell - The hibiscus and rose really come through; their perfume-like scent, vanilla, and black pepper mingle with the sour apple and leather funk of the wild yeasts.

Mouthfeel - light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

Taste - Floral with apples, oak, sweet malt, faint pepper, characteristic JP sourness and a bit of mineral water on the finish.

06-08-2011 21:32:27 | More by
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured into a tulip. Nice pink color with lots of suds on top. The lacing is kind of sticky. Good head retention.

The aroma contains some nice typical Jolly Pumpkin tartness with some nice fruity apricot and peach like aromas to round it out.

The taste has a mild sweetness to it and is full of nice spicy yeast. The herbal additions are noticeable with the yeast flavor. The finish is dry and refreshing.

This is light and drinkable with smooth carbonation.

I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin, so of course I like this one!

06-07-2011 02:37:05 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Bendurgin


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%

Andy kindly opened this one up to drink while watching the Bruinks stonp Vancouver. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice velvet red with a creamy finger of light pink head. Nice retention with thick soapy lace.

Pommegarnaice in the aroma with what I can only describe as soap. I'm sure it's from the rose petals but it's soap for me. It's really not a bad soap smell though, it's pretty nice. A little bit of doughy yeast here too. Slightly tart in the aroma. Biscuity yeast on the pallet with a little bit of peppery hops. Floral flavors and a bit of earthy must.

A little bit of a full body here that with low carbonation. It doesn't seem to have the crisp saison feel that I'm accustomed to.

A really interesting beer here. I'm not sure that I'm crazy about the addition of rose petals on this. They don't seem to add much; especially on the pallet. I'd say a tasty beer worth a shot. Really a unique take on a saison.

06-07-2011 02:31:45 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Wadsey


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

iO Saison, vintage late 2009

Served in New Belgium tulip

A: Pours deep orange/amber with towering soft head. Great retention. When it finally settles down, delicate, intricate lacing is left. The beer itself is very clear and effervescent. 

S: White pepper and a strange flowery quality, which I never quite solve, lead off. A soft sourness, more acetic than acidic, follows. A little damp wood and funk are detected, but I have to strain my sense of smell for them. 

T: Above characteristics are all present in taste, if in different proportions. A hint of malty sweetness  sneaks in front of white pepper, though. I suspect lactobacillus joins acetobacteria in sourness profile. Brettanomyces is definitely present, but provides more drying earthiness than barnyard funk. Finish is dry and moderately sour. 

M: Medium-light body and carbonation. Another softer Saison, which isn't bad. Drying. 

O: iO Saison seems simple at first, then different layers of complexity become evident. Good drinkability, too. 

06-07-2011 02:23:29 | More by Wadsey
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

What a beautiful looking beer. The pour starts pink and as the glass fills and the volume increases the hue shifts towards a dark topaz with some pink highlights. Fairly good clarity and a nice creamy head that sticks around. Nice burnished glow to this beer, like polished cherry wood. The aroma is nice as well, if a little light. There is a base of that trademark light sourness and then very floral notes of rose and citrus. I like the addition of hibiscus and the underlying acidity here- it very much plays nicely with the rose and reigns it in so it doesn't taste like an old lady's perfume smells. In fact the taste is a very nice balance between light tartness, floral notes, some herbalness, and a light muskiness. I could use a hit of spice or pepper here to really make it pop, but as is its a brew that is approachable but subtly complex. Very nice, I enjoyed this- always nice to see a new brew from Jolly Pumpkin, and this one plays to their strengths.

06-05-2011 23:31:32 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

(Served in a chalice) Blend 4 Bottled 1-25-2011

A- This beer pours a dark slightly dense but clear body with microbubbles supporting a creamy foam that has a red hue to it and sticks to the glass after each sip. There is a sea of microbubbles that swirl around from the base.

S- The dry tart strawberry shortcake doll aroma with some dry rose petal notes in the finish. The cheese rind signature Jolly Pumpkin yeast character really comes through nicely.

T- The dry tart fruit hint has some hibiscus tartness in the finish and a nectar note. As the beer warms there is a lactic tartness that comes through in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full fizz and no alcohol or astringency noticed.

O- The dry hibiscus blends with a beer that is not dry to give a nice contrast. This beer walks a fine line between a nice sessionable beer and a wild ale. It is almost astringent but not really and the yeast/funk character is just peaking through teasing.

06-02-2011 22:06:24 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of augustgarage


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Batch 1/1/11 - poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Troubador tulip.

Furious yet stealthy carbonation builds a fist and a half of misty rose foam. Immense rocky head recedes very slowly. Tremendous 3-D webs of lacing. The liquid beneath is a cloudy mixture of flame and dark coral. Stunning.

Pink peppercorn, grape skins, yogurt, a variety of floral aromatics, nectarines, passion fruit, and a deep subtle barn-yard funk in the nose.

The hibiscus is a brilliant touch, rounding off the tartness of the palate entry, and contributing to the very long finish with chicha morada, jamon iberico, and loam in addition to cranberry and violet. Low to no bitterness or hop flavor that I can detect. The yeasty base marries everything together none the less.

Effervescent, medium-bodied, somewhat slick, yet still cooling. Great for a late Spring morning.

Many creative brews fall flat on their faces, but this saison is a gentle revelation, the domestic peer of Fantôme's experimental offerings, though perhaps lacking in equivalent bombastic weirdness.

05-29-2011 18:09:04 | More by augustgarage
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


3.55/5  rDev -13%

Enjoyed on 05.28.2011 from a 750ml bottle [Blend 1 - Bottled 1-11-2011] poured into a Allagash tulip.

A: Rose (duh), light, with a creamy, sticky and lace-ridden head. Thick, two-finger head.

S: Big floral front, fruity esters, a port/burgandy wine, some oak lambic tucked away in the back.

T: The rose hips are there but the floral sense doesn't knock you down. Overall - moderately sweet, some brett, some wood, cherry, light yeast and just the right funk that a good saison should have.

M - Slick, a bit oily - an almost lambic feel.

D: Quite refreshing. Fresh strawberries, fruit juice and like all Jolly beers, the oak-aging sour finish is very nice. A summer night's beer.

05-28-2011 23:30:43 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of pitasoup


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.

blend 3 dated 1.18.11

A: pours murky ruby-brown with two inches of billowy fine slightly pink head that is extremely slow to subside. The bottle itself is a bit gunky at the mouth/neck. It is as if this were stored upside down for a while and the sediment never made it back to the bottom. A bit unpleasant to look at honestly, hopefully the beer will be fine. I did try to flip the bottle, shake it a bit in hopes of washing things down. That did not work. The best description I can give is that it looked like krausen stuck to the side of a carboy.

S: saison yeasts, a bit of funk, rose, dandelions and dirt. lots of subtle floral notes. this could be mistaken for an herbal tea.

T: subtle tart and funk, hay, hibiscus tea flavors. quite nice. a hint of lemons and hop bitterness, perhaps saaz. saison yeasts are muted at first, but linger on the tongue afterwards. wheat, lemons, and peppery yeasts show up as it warms.

M: light-medium body. a dryness lingers afterwards, oaky tannins, chardonnay like.

O: delightfully refreshing. not an everyday saison but unique and worth seeking out.

05-28-2011 20:03:48 | More by pitasoup
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I don't do a lot of double reviews but felt this one deserved it. Blend 7/8, 750ml into allagash tulip.

A- Ruddy brown with some pink and orange highlights. Small head sticks nicely on the edge of the glass.

S- As I remember- wet grass, a bit of funk, like being in a flower garden after a spring shower.

T- This blend/bottling tastes different than the growler review I did. The fruit isn't as prominent- but the floral aspect is much stronger. I think I liked the other one's fruitiness, and I'm missing it a bit here. Still, great, complex florals- hibiscus, rose petals, some white wine tartness as well.

M- Sweetness fades into a drying, tart finish. Good body, carbonation. Keeps the flavors moving. Keeps me coming back.

O- I think I liked this from the growler better.. but that might have been because I got to enjoy 64 oz of it at a time. This beer is spectacular. GOAT or damn close.


05-22-2011 17:29:57 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Sustained sourness with a gentle floral touch.

Presentation: 750 ml brow cap bottle. Label shows a soft pastel portrait illustration of a woman with a a fly on her hair. Notes style and main ingredients, and 6,8% Alc. Vol. Back label offers a narrative talking about the intent of the series and creative freedom of the brew. Displays batch number (blend 5 1-26-2011). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber/ruby pour, rich frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory, good lacing.

S - Sour nose, dash of brett, fruity with a faint floral hint.

T - Palate follows without much difference. Sour/tart notes coated in a fruity range, berries with a soft floral hint. Spicy yeasty dash, and a balance sense overall embracing the tartness.

M - Medium body with high carbonation, fair smooth rhythm to accompany the sourness with a crispy touch in the finish.

O - Nice sour sense, sturdy but not overwhelming with pleasing hints.

Notes: A good brew, subtle with a characteristic touch and sour edge from Jolly Pumpkin, but nothing that touches on the extraordinary albeit it might be amongst their most drinkable sours.

05-22-2011 13:50:46 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Novel saison, good gateway beer. Shared with Paul and George at Ginger Man NYC. Funky yeasty aroma. Retained head of about a quarter inch onto golden yellow. Herbal tea blend of sourish rosehips,carbonation kicked up with hibiscus, softened by rose petals, pepper in the finish. Good drinkability, but only over the course of an hour. Fuller mouthfeel.
Had 2 month later and got the sourish tea, still nice.

05-18-2011 20:08:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of Nuggethops

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -13%

Poured into a St Bernardus oversized wine glass

Pours a gorgeous grapefruit/ruby color with a half inch of frothy white with a slight pink hue head that has amazing retention settling to a thin layer that doesn't go anywhere. There is some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

The aroma is peppery with a slight tartness and faint floral notes as well. Taste is sweet and dry with a light tart sourness in the finish. Faint floral notes as well and a hint of sour cherries. It's dry and a bit light in mouthfeel but is still smooth and nicely carbonated. This is a nice saison and is highly drinkable. The 6.8% abv is completely unnoticeable several of these would go down nicely on a hot summer day. Overall a unique offering from Jolly Pumpkin and the artwork on the label is a nice touch as well.

05-18-2011 03:50:16 | More by Nuggethops
Photo of deapokid


3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Enjoyed on 3/25. Reviewed from notes.

This is the first Jolly Pumpkin I've had without a dog on the label.

This spicy Saison is a beautiful ruby red color with a big, tufty white head. Lacing is sticky with a nice punch of carbonation. The look is fruitier than you'd expected for the style. I don't really know what to expect, and I like that.

Aroma is very bretty and dry with a slight hint of wheat and a tart lemon quality. Some floral notes peak out (rose hips, chamomile, dandelion), but it maintains a lightness which is quite appealing.

The taste is spritzy and dry with a floral, almost tea like conclusion. Lemon and some banana are accompanied by a potpurri-esque floral quality which opens pleasantly, but becomes more and more medicinal as the beer warms. Your reaction to this one will depend on your tolerance for the floral notes.

Mouth wise, the wheat adds a nice creaminess, which combats some of the dryness and limits the amount of unpleasant resonance.

It's an original take on the Saison and it tastes good, but it's probably not a repeat performer, since the floral notes can be a shade off.

05-17-2011 01:11:17 | More by deapokid
Photo of John_M


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

IO pours a gorgeous rose amber color with exceptionally good, pillowy head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is quite aromatic, showcasing cracked black pepper, light sour, vanillla and considerable spice. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this generally dry, spicey saison style beer, although there's a hint of honey on the mid palate as well. The sour component is otherwise pretty light, and the cracked black pepper seems to dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is pretty light, with a moderately long, spice infused finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol completely unnoticeable. The finish is a bit weak and watery, but otherwise this is an easy to appreciate, well crafted ale.

Only real drawback is the price, which I thought a bit high given some of the well made, excellent saisons from Belgium.

05-17-2011 00:23:43 | More by John_M
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A: The artwork is awesome. The beer is a glorious deep red color with a finger of red tinged white head. Excellent head retention.

S: The nose is so complex.A very soft tartness. The rose and hibiscus are really there and gives the beer a rich floral bouquet Little bit of bret. Earthy. Damn basement. Think a midwest Fantome.

T: Starts off with a nice sweetness then it is cut by the dryness and funk of the bret. It is fruity but not overly sweet. Just balanced. A touch of oak even though as far as I know this is not barrel aged. You even get some malt out of it but I know they used a diversified grain bill so I really cannot pick anything specific out.

M: Dry. Well carbonated but never harsh.

D: Such a complex and drinkable beer. This is one of the best American saisons that I have ever had the privilege of having. The price is a little steep but I think it is worth it.

05-12-2011 22:58:50 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.63/5  rDev -11%

22oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a nice light red to pink. Nice light pink head with good lacing. Clear.

S - Floral, peppery, some citric of lemon and orange

T - Surprisingly more tart than I expected. Noticeable cherry sourness with lemon rind. The brett is there along with the advertised rose, interesting and pretty good. Not as much funkiness as expected/hoped for.

M - Dry, crisp, tart, light.

O - An average saison. I was wishing for a little more funky smoothness to it and the tart edge was a little too sharp. Nice integration of the floral components.

05-12-2011 16:02:46 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of jsanford


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

750ml bottle, kinda pricey but the girlfriend loves saisons and floral beers so...Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a lovely hazy red rose color with a generous head of creamy light-pink. Very pretty, matches the nifty label nicely.
S - Floral qualities of rose water and hibiscus really jump out at you, followed by the slightly funky yeast strain and a bit of red berry.
T - Solid Saison flavors of crisp malt, peppery coriander, and earthy hay are present, and meld nicely with the slight funkiness from the yeast and the floral rose/hibiscus aspect. Lightly tart, almost cherry-like, with just a tiny bit of lemon juice and a very dry finish.
M - Medium-bodied with crisp, spritzy carbonation, perfect for a hot Spring day.
O - I was nicely surprised by this one, the floral aspect took an already great Saison and made it something really special. An excellent Springtime beer.

05-12-2011 04:02:27 | More by jsanford
Photo of Patrickbrusil


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: hazy deep auburn in color with a nice creamy off white head. I almost get a slight deep pink color off of the side of the glass but my mind might be playing tricks.

Smell: the live yeast that JP uses is very present giving a rustic smell of fresh cut, wet even, hay.

Taste: very interesting. The rose hips and petals and hibiscus blend really well with the slight sour character. Delicious really. I was not expecting this. It is mild and flavorful all at once with some slight bit of a peach flavor and appricote as well. I'm sure that is coming from the hips, petals and so forth but a very unique taste.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated front to back and overall she is refreshing.

It doesn't blow me away. I'll never cry if indent drink it again but would never turn it down.

05-11-2011 01:10:57 | More by Patrickbrusil
Baudelaire IO from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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